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Nicole Lapin

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The Business of Baring It All

(4) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 5:00 PM

Is going sans makeup the new posing for Playboy?

When 90210 actress AnnaLynne McCord was caught cruising a Vancouver mall sans makeup last month, she didn't get mad. She didn't even get embarrassed. She got on Twitter.

She tweeted a photo of herself totally makeup-free. That...
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Alyssa Milano's Business "Touch"

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 9:01 AM

The former "Charmed" star turned entrepreneur wins big with women's sports gear line.


As the star of the hit WB series Charmed for nine years, Alyssa Milano is no stranger to magic. Since her child acting days on ABC's "Who's the Boss," Milano has...

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Hot Mama! Jessica Simpson's Fashion Empire

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 3:17 PM

The actress/singer makes babies... and bank.


You know by now that there are few things we love more than when one of our favorite celebs launches an affordable fashion line. But an entire affordable fashion empire? Be still our beating and...

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Lightning Round With Rebecca Minkoff

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2012 | 12:42 PM

The designer dishes on everything from the "Delight" bag to fashion "Do's" and "Don'ts."


At a recent mark by Avon and Rebecca Minkoff launch event, Recessionista got to catch up with the it-girl designer, business...

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3 Pieces of "Financial Expert" Advice: Debunked

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 12:06 PM

Just because you hear them all the time, doesn't mean they are true for you.


When you hear advice over and over again, it doesn't mean it is right. It doesn't mean it is wrong, either. Just don't take the platitudes as fact. Rethink...

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The Real Debt Threat: Student Loans

(12) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 4:14 PM

Nick Muellerleile graduated from USC in May as a member of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa society. Five months later, he is now living on about $2 per day, which he says he spends on what he says are "luxuries -- like food."

"Luxuries" like basic living expenses are what...

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Private Sector Conscription: Can Mandatory Company Service Work?

(1) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 11:59 AM

In a time of fear-based, dog-eat-dog capitalism, why in the world would the stewards of the free marketplace give their stuff or services away for the common good?

You would would think the idea would be too insulting to ask. But, I'm the kind of lady who never takes a...

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Lost Girls

(21) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 12:40 PM

It's 8:30 a.m. on a Tuesday, and Allison Manderino is in deep doo-doo.

Strong-arming a shovel, she scours the yard of a private client for dog waste to either dump in a designated trashcan or load into the back of her company's van.

"I guess you could say...

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Made (Kinda) in America

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 12:29 PM

We Americans have a long history of standing by our products.

We dumped British tea into Boston Harbor, not only to famously oppose taxation, but also as a rejection of British products in order to support a domestic economy. During the Great Depression, publishing-giant Hearst's 26 newspapers sponsored...

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States of Pain: Bankruptcy Bandage?

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2010 | 1:17 PM

A state used to feel like a trusty light switch, a utility. You could see when that little knob was flicked -- to the rescue during times of state disasters like floods, fires and other emergencies. Until recently we always expected the lights would come on, in the same way...

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States of Pain

(14) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 7:25 PM

When asked recently if the states are headed toward the same end as some of the country's major banks, Washington state Governor Christine Gregoire had this response:
"We're not going to fail. That's not in our vocabulary. I don't know a governor who would say we're going...

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